A new breed of first-time homebuyers is flooding the property market. Savvy and style-conscious, they are looking to maximise their first purchase with interior improvements that add value and Instagram credibility such as a home office, greener outdoor space and inventively eking out every inch of floor space.
5 EASY STEPS TO DECORATING A NEW HOME FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS
Transforming your first home into both a stylish long-term investment doesn't have to be a daunting nor costly experience. Follow the lead of such interior experts as Laura Barnard, Arlo & Jacob (opens in new tab)'s Buying and Merchandising Manager, and proud new owner of her first home, on how to increase your property's value with some easy insider tricks.
1. THINK LIKE A PROPERTY DEVELOPER AND CURATE YOUR HOME
'Approach your first home like a property developer,' advises Laura Barnard. 'Property developers hire professional interior stylists to curate a setting that buyers can visualise living in she explains. 'We are an Instagram obsessed culture, and if you are eventually going to rent out your property, or even sell it on, this will also make it more attractive to future tenants or buyers.'
2. RETAIN THE ORIGINAL FLOORPLAN BUT MAXIMISE EVERY INCH
'Remember space in a home is both vertical and horizontal,' says Barnard. First home buyers need think of all their property's space. Rather than spending your renovation budget on knocking down walls, opt instead for converting neglected areas such as under the stairs, wardrobe cupboards, a hallway and even a fire recess in which to convert into a small home office.
3. MAKE YOUR BEDROOM DO SOME HEAVY LIFTING
First home buyers need to explore the multifunctional potential of every room, including the bedroom. 'With space so precious, your bedroom needs to do more heavy lifting while still feeling inspiring,' Laura advises. Think beyond the bed and add in extra storage, again a small home office and utilise under the bed plus built-ins.
4. REFRESH YOUR HOME BY CHOOSING A BRITISH INDEPENDENT PAINT BRAND
The fastest and most effective way to keep your first home feeling current is through a paint update. 'I like these new up-and-comers in the market that are offering a different spin on classic colours', says Laura about the rise in boutique British paint brands. Laura advises that you should invest in unique paint colours that will immediately add a sense of space and elevate even the smallest space.
5. INVEST IN MULTI-FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE
New homeowners need to become space-saving experts, and this includes expecting more functionality from their furniture. In a small space, furniture needs to be as flexible as possible, such a footstool with hidden storage or a snuggler that is still generous but smaller than a sofa.
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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